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Manga Review: Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Four by Hidenori Kusaka

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Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum Volume Four is a manga based on the Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl video games. The manga was written by Hidenori Kusaka, and the art was done by Satoshi Yamamoto. Viz Media released this manga in North America through its VizKids imprint in 2012. Pokemon Adventures Diamond and Pearl Platinum is rated “A,” which means it is suitable for readers of all ages.

Volume Four opens with Lady, Dia and Pearl trying to capture wild Pokemon at the Great Marsh. After a small accident during this task, Lady decides to return to the Pastoria Gym to have another Pokemon battle against Crasher Wake.

After the battle, the trio ends up at Mr. Backlot’s mansion, where Lady is enjoying his garden, while Dia and Pearl aren’t being treated very well by Mr. Backlot’s help. Cynthia suddenly arrives, because she’s conducting an investigation for Mr. Backlot. Lady, Dia and Pearl join Cynthia in the investigation, which has to do with the group of Psyduck blocking Route 210.

Then, our three leads go with Cynthia’s grandmother to some ruins with hieroglyphs about the Legend of the Sinnoh Lakes. When they get there, they find Cyrus, Team Galactic’s boss, looking at the ruins. Dia and Pearl have a difference of opinion, which leads to a fight between them. At the same time, Dia is doing what he can to try to keep Cyrus from taking a camera with him that has pictures of the hieroglyphs; he’s afraid Cyrus might use them for an evil purpose.

Lady has a gym battle with Fantina. Afterward, Lady learns her father has disappeared, and she reveals her true identity to everyone. Dia, Pearl, and Lady go to Canalave City to try to find and rescue Lady’s father.

The action this manga volume really builds, especially when you read Dia and Pearl’s fight. This, combined with Lady’s true identity finally being revealed, you can tell that the series has to be heading to a conclusion within a few volumes. The sneak preview for Volume Five that’s included at the end of this volume also adds to this sense of the series heading closer to its end.

Another thing I noticed in this volume is that while Dia and Pearl’s lame comedy routines still appear, Kusaka doesn’t seem to be relying on them as much as he had in the previous volumes. I find this to be a refreshing change, because the early volumes of this series relied too heavily on the comedy routines.

I also liked seeing Dia finally asserting himself to Pearl and standing up for himself. Dia has finally progressed past the relatively dim-witted character that only seemed to care about eating. I have to admit that the three main characters have come quite a way from the one-dimensional depictions they were given in the first volume of this series.

Art-wise, Yamamoto has kept a rather consistent art style for this series. My only real complaint is the facial design for Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic. With the black rings around his eyes, it makes him look a little too similar to Gaara in Naruto.

Overall, I thought this volume of Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum is the best one in the series so far. If the preview of the Volume Five is any indication of how the next volume will be, then it could end up being just as good, if not better, than Volume Four.

If you enjoy the Pokemon franchise, then you might find enjoyment in Pokemon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl Platinum.

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About Lesley Aeschliman

Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.